Over 60 users of the National Computational Infrastructure have been granted a share of over $333 million in funding from the Australian Research Council.

Announced by Education Minister the Hon Simon Birmingham, the latest funding round will directly benefit NCI users across a wide range of scientific disciplines, including earth sciences, economics and astronomy. NCI is pleased to see such a strong level of government support for critical scientific research.

Recipients of the ARC funding include Professor Kylie Catchpole of The Australian National University, who is currently the Lead Chief Investigator on a project assessing the technical challenges in designing the next generation of solar cell technology. An engineering breakthrough in solar cell technology could one day lead to even cheaper large-scale generation of solar electricity.

Long-time NCI user Professor Maria Forsyth from Deakin University has also received funding, for a project aiming to design new coating systems for steel in marine environments. This research has the potential to significantly improve the lifetime of critical marine infrastructure.

Dr Andrew Valentine, an early career researcher at The Australian National University, is currently developing new approaches for tsunami and earthquake early warning using state-of-the-art geophysical modeling combined with machine learning and artificial intelligence.

A full list of successful projects can be viewed on the ARC website.